Abbas calls to try Israeli officials as PM unveils Gaza reconstruction plan
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday said that the world acknowledges that what has happened in Gaza is a crime, and those who committed it must be held responsible so it won’t happen again.
In a joint press conference with Hans Gert, the President of the European Parliament, held in Strasbourg, Abbas added, “we reach out our hands in peace, but what happened in Gaza is a real crime.” He also demanded the Europeans to support the Palestinian National Authority.
Meanwhile, the government of Abbas announced on Wednesday a $600 million reconstruction programme for Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the programme would cover all Palestinian houses destroyed or damaged during Israel's 22-day military offensive.
"The amount of the project is $600 million. Most of it will come from donors," Fayyad said in a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah.